Understanding the Molting Process

Molting is a natural process that chickens go through annually so they can replenish and replace their feathers. Chickens need to grow new feathers to allow them to effectively regulate their body temperature especially those in colder environments.
Chickens will molt several times during their lives. The first molt is called a “juvenile” molt and occurs when they are only 6 – 8 days old…

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Ridding the Chickens of Hitchhikers

Well it’s my turn to deal with poultry mites!  This is a new problem for me, so after much research on how to rid my flock of parasites, this article by the Chicken Chick was the one I chose for my game plan. Great information and easy to follow instructions.

When I noticed one of my Silkies having feather loss, at first I just assumed she was molting. However, it was obvious after time passed that she was not following the ordinary sequence of feather loss. The tip off was her vent area looking irritated, which suggests she might have mites. Although I couldn’t really see any  signs of cooties, her feathers are dull, she’s feather pulling, and picking at herself.

Last night I treated all the birds, the coop, the coop area, and changed bedding. I was lucky, yesterday the temperature was only 100, at least I was able to work without sweating to death. Hopefully those 115 days are over now that we’re in the monsoon season.

The joys of chicken keeping isn’t always joy, sometimes we just have to accept the unpleasant stuff, take the good along with the bad, laugh, and sometimes even cry. It’s all a part of owning chickens!

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